Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fish Tank interview madness + More fresh NY photos

"His smile is made from puppies and sunshine" - fan quote from ONTD!

"Fassbendmeover is delicious." - fan quote from ONTD

"Turns on the vacancy sign for her vagina" - fan quote from ONTD

"I feel like he should teach a high energy aerobics class where he chain smokes and is shirtless the whole time, makes you do roundhouse kicks to Boy George songs, and calls everyone 'love'." - fan quote from ONTD

I don't know about you guys but I can't keep up with all the excellent Fish Tank media interviews with Michael. I'm not even interested in reading/listening to them all - just a few when I have the time. But this one at IFC is really good. I particularly like the ones when Michael's real character comes out and allowing us to learn just a tad bit more about what makes the boy tick.

I also had a little fun yesterday after I posted some of the pictures of Michael in New York at ONTD. The girls who post there just crack me up (as per some choice comments I posted here above). And based on many of the comments, still a lot of people don't know who he is, so I did a Fassy Civic Duty in educating them. Go check out the thread for shits and giggles.

The other day, we all learned that Michael's latest role will be in 'Knockout', and he's already going to be in that film with Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, and Dennis Quaid. There was massive speculation about who would be the next top male star to join the cast and some hot talent was noted. I personally got giddy when people were tossing Christian Bale's name around...but alas, tis not to be. It appears that Channing Tatum yawn won the honors of joining this Soderbergh film. I dunno, not too impressed with him... but that doesn't matter as I'm totally only going to see this for Michael. Also, according to our latest poll, it looks like people are anxious to see Michael in Jane Eyre. Excellent!

I hope to find some spare chump change soon as I want to buy the Inglourious Basterds DVD. I don't buy DVDs often, so when I do, I must LOVE the film and I love Basterds. And speaking of IB, at The Los Angeles Times The Envelope website, there is an analysis of the La Louisianne tavern scene, which as you all know, is a pivotal and tension filled sequence of the movie. And of course it heavily features Michael Fassbender. Here is just a portion of the article, but please go to this link to read the article in its entirety:

Quentin Tarantino told the multiple stories of "Inglourious Basterds" in five distinct chapters, and we knew from the script stage the film would hinge around the set-piece in the tavern La Louisianne. The daunting task of putting a 25-page dialogue sequence, spoken almost entirely in German, in the middle of the film, weighed heavily on everyone's minds, and it all had to come together in the cutting room. Just mentioning the name La Louisianne created tension among the crew, but we needed that tension to transcend to the audience.

In La Louisianne, the Basterds meet their German movie star contact, Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) for the first time, and they must all pretend to be old friends by posing as Nazi officers. Much to the Basterds' surprise, they not only find Bridget in the dangerously cramped tavern, they find the basement bar filled with drunken, celebrating Nazis, one of whom happens to be enamored with the German movie star and continually pesters their table. The tension in the group runs high as we watch the real Nazis begin to question the origin of the British Archie Hicox's (Michael Fassbender) strange accent, and we hold our breath.

La Louisianne required detailed attention to character development as well as numerous story points, all the while using the device of language to create tension. Quentin and I felt it was essential to have the characters not simply drive the scene toward a plot point, but to be fully nuanced characters, while continually building the tension that would culminate in an explosive gun battle that kills all but one. We knew the gunfight would work all the better if we could carefully manipulate and build the tension through a give and take of emotions, playing a cat-and-mouse game with our characters -- and our audience.
Awwww, I can't wait to see Basterds again. I still stand by my belief that Basterds could take the top dog prize in March at the Oscars, and I think that only 'The Hurt Locker' could beat it. BTW, I'm finally going to see Avatar this afternoon. I wanted to wait until the really heavy crowds faded a bit so I could really immerse myself into it and enjoy it without a bunch a yahoos around me.

Ok, well, I know there are probably 300 more photos from Monday night that I can search for on Michael, but, I think we covered the gamut. They are all glorious and fun to look at, but I just need to stop right now. Enjoy!

ETA: In the Wall Street Journal interview with Michael, they ask him about IB's Oscar chances. Here's what he had to say-

What do you think the Oscar chances are of “Inglourious Basterds?”

I imagine it should be in the running for Best Picture. I think Tarantino is such an original; I’ve never seen a World War II film made like that. I think it should be up for Screenplay; I imagine Christoph [Waltz] would have a good chance of getting in there. I would hope…Best Director…all of the above. Fingers crossed.

Are you hoping for maybe some recognition?

Me? No, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

You never know.

I’m happy just to be associated, being part of the film. I really hope they get some nominations in there. But I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be nominated.

1 comment:

Maura said...
Video interview found on mf online